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OK, I'm going to explain how it is short and simple since many people are having a hard time grasping it:) Pick playing vs finger style is a choice of technique and/or sound that has nothing to do with easy or difficult per se. Bass players in certain genres (e.g. punk and thrash/groove metal) gravitate towards using a pick because of tradition, sound and playing techniques. There are of course finger styles, like advanced slapping techniques, that require a lot more training than playing fast down-strokes with a pick, but how would that sound in a punk rock song for example? Not very good. Also, there are figures and sequences which are actually much harder to do with a pick than with your fingers (e.g. playing a melody on the higher notes while maintaining an ostinato - accompanying - bass tone) and vice versa. Sure, it's true that unskilled bassists tend to use a pick, since the finger style has a somewhat higher threshold for achieving an intermediate level of skill, but that doesn't mean that the pick style as such is easier if you consider more complex musical structures and techniques above the most basic level of playing. The finger style is also historically more widespread and explored in more musical genres, which generally means there are more skilled finger players than there are skilled pick players. Just statistics. Ok, not so short, but I got carried away.  
Everyone is criticizing Matt for using a pick when Tim (as great as he is) really isn't even playing guitar and doesn't put any effort into playing and no one says a thing about it. People gotta stop whining about things that don't matter.
Jordan Adragna
Fucking Matt Freeman making me cry because I'll never be that good
Matt is the reason I'm saving up to get a bass
From seeing how many people are getting their panties in a twist over pick vs. finger style it'd be interesting to see someone make a cover of this song using there fingers.
Hunter Havok
Besides this awesome bass solo on this video, I think Matt Freeman pwns Wooten and Flea in all categories. Just as musicians period. Freeman knows how to pick, slap, Play an Upright bass (Double bass), A Guitar, and a Mandolin. And expresses all of these in his music.
Timothy Rakes
Using a pick doesn't make him a bad bass player. He plays is a punk band, using a pick gives a tone that's more suitable for punk rock music.
Ben *
Matt's probably better than the rest of the band combined
T Scott
It's like if john entwhistle was in a punk band...
Came to see one of the best bass players in the world and caught a bunch of people fighting over the guy sucking for using a pick or how much better he is for not using his fingers. Different techniques, people. Jesus Christ, it's like blaming someone for using a red shirt over a blue one...
ryan mccarthy
pick or no pick, he is incredible. freeman and flea are both heavy influences on me playing bass. im in a punk band, i use a pick because of the tone and then i am able to move around more. but when im jamming out at my house i play funk or ska. its not important how he plays it, its important what he plays.
Jon B
My jaw literally dropped
Nicolò Bottoni
The 31 that they doesn't like this video they understand nothing about music ;)
I would say say Matt Freeman is up there with Karl Alvarez and Scott Shiflet in the bass punk scene
I love Freeman to death and he is one of my all time favorite bassists. People should NOT hate that he uses a pick. But at the same time, I understand why they prefer non-pick users. Using a pick makes it a lot easier. Even Flea can be seen using a pick sometimes. Les Claypool, Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan, whether you like them or not (I hate Billy Sheehan. He's good but super boring in my not so humble opinion), they do not need picks to play this fast. I've seen numerous videos here on youtube. Using a pick makes playing so much easier than using your fingers. Wouldn't someone be more impressive if he can lift 100 lbs with one arm than someone who can lift it with two? If a drummer used a single pedal to play beats a double bass player does, wouldn't that more impressive? Maybe it's just me.
Jackson Page
Where does Tim go during Matt's solo?
What the hell is wrong with bassists who use picks? Some of my favorite bassists use picks. Tom Araya, Jason Newsted, DeeDee Ramone... And they aren't exactly terrible.
Huno B W.
I love how the band goes off the spotlight to give the stage to him, great band. Ok on the pick and the finger playing, it's a technique. It's like painting with a brush or using your hands. It's a technique that uses an instrument in this case, the pick. And don't compare bassists, comparison is good for studying but only under manifesto and style or era. These guys are not style related, so don't compare. 
when i saw them perform this live, i leaned over to my friends and said "shhh, watch this. the bass player is about to go nuts"
Daniel Acero
Rancid en chile conchetumare !!!!!
Norm Kobylka
1:37 Lars... you ain't lyin'!
88 fingers Matt Freeman
I dont give a shit how the bass is played  by the bass player. If the music sounds good then i'm going to listen too it. I play the bass with my fingers and pick, and i dont really care.
Anyone else notice Tim is nowhere to be seen during all the greatness that is the bass solo? Must have known he'd have a couple mins to go take a leak or something lol
Mojestic Rhino
What is the bass he is using?
Wow didn't know he rocked that much at bass...
How about all the people that are talking shit about Matt actually try playing that solo, don’t worry, I’ll wait.
Super Buu
Flea < Matt Freeman
Jair Pereda
No me importa te toque con plumilla o con dedo... PERO SU SOLO NO FUE NADA MAS NI NADA MENOS QUE UN "SOLO ENGAÑAMUCHACHO"
Lol i just realized that, everytime they play this song, when Matt starts playing solo Tim dissappears and comes back at the end of the solo. Lol where the fuck does he go?
I love punk rock yet lean right pollitically but I used to be a liberal but then I realized liberalism is full of shit.
William Burnett
This is what happens when you give a lead guitarist a bass
I like the way that guitarist is a huge fan of Freeman and give him all the place in stage, Matt Freeman is a god.
Eric Wilt
Good lord, I love Matt Freeman!
Patrick Murtaugh
Does anyone else realize how incredible Brandon did on this song? He nailed it
Dan Quality
that drummer was kickin' ass too
David RF
yeah too bad he uses the pick... ;)
LoL 0:59 - 2:59
Hey, that's Bullitt on the screen behind them, sweet!
Jamerson? Claypool? Flea? Geddy Lee?
Meatwood Flac
its whatever you feel comfortable with... 
Captain Mustard
You can't tell me NOFX and anti flag don't have some sweet guitar parts though haha
Captain Mustard
nah he is actually like 24 years older than Matt, but fucking hell he looks young for his age I think (Lemmy) he's 67 I thought he was about 50
Captain Mustard
Some sort of ibanez
Nick Aguilar
*once but that was really funny hahahah
Monk Doob
mat freeman rules!
Dziara Mara
Też będę tak grać na basie!
Yeah but... Nevermind... :(
He keeps on killing every girl that wants him though. When he fingers them...
He uses a pick though. :(
xNnd Midl
Well... They are 4 punks and they're a band.. I don't know what more you need.. but if you think so, it's true that they have their own style, more reagge ska punk
xNnd Midl
Punk rock ain't about talent, so.. it's just you !
xNnd Midl
so ?
Alysson Bárbara
Ele foi além dessa vez!1 Freeman!!!
I've got to clean up this pool of melt skin in front of me that used to be my face...
Neven Stosic
...les claypool?...
Victor Molina
what about me?
HardRock Exxtreme
In fact, the bassists rules!!!
1:00 instant bass solo :D
haha yesss these old fuckers still got it..cant wait to see them May 19th NYC..havent seen them since they played with Roger Miret & the Disasters and Tiger Army back in 2003 when i was in 9th grade lol
Jack Hankins
@csarito it's punk... it doesn't matter. also, dave grohl's is even higher
Arthur Oliveira
Matt Freeman is an god
Erich Vallim Vicente
OMG!?! Matt Freemann is Master!!!
Sick Bass player, I might have to start listening to more Rancid :D
what about les claypool?
besides lemmy from motorhead lol
hes the best in this style with le pick
Sid Vicous should have practiced his bass a bit more
matt freeman !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woooohohhh
Damn that was cool lol
Matt without a Precision...? WTF!?
Shelby Jensen
Matt freeman is clearly better than flea anyday!
Nick Freese
I think the audience did along with it. o.O
Is it just me or is Matt way too talented for this band?
not another one of THOSE people... i'm sure anyone who knows what 'real punk' is, isn't hangin out on youtube telling everyone
Most of Rancid's songs aren't real punk...
I wouldn't consider them a punk band. You strongly implied that you think they are. That is all.
Nando Vieira
He has his own Bass signature, so, I think, it makes sense.
that hi hat is high as balls, fuck that, horrible drumms disposition in general
Well, judging by his off-the-hizzle skills, I'd say he's done it more than once.
period101 band
bass tabs pls?
Freeman's such a badass. 3/4 of this video is him smokin the fret board on his bass. so damn cool.
hahahaha and Lars is a skinhead now XDXDXD
Darrien Day
Matt Freeman. is. a. beast
Kenneth Smith
Billy sheehan could do it with two fingers. just sayin.
@physcoticlemming ; obviously a Mosrite Mark II clone bass. I know Aria, Eastwood, Dillion or even did some, but the headstock and pickups settings are quite unusual here... Maybe an obscur Japanese vintage model or even (might be) a custom order by Matt. someone, any clue?
no way geezer got more than tony
barbara tasinato
Lucas De Sordi
he plays with Bob Heman?
Josh, yep.
Oh! Look at how cute it's all become!
the irony...
Left hand..
"We all feel Japanese." Yeah, right.
Ivan Dautović
You forgot about FLEA.
haha I really don't think there is anyone in punk that has gotten more pussies than Tim Armstrong
He is one of the best in his style others have their own but I truly love this band and that bass though is just amazing
Born to Noob
1:00 to 2:19 What a bass!!
i lovee this
Keith Morris
Doubt it, he's a married man.
Andrew Cox
Good point!